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Rosa nutkana
Nootka rose

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington on both sides of the Cascades crest; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Thickets, shores, forest edges, riparian zones, rocky slopes from low elevations to the montane.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Coarse shrub 1-2 m. tall, more or less prickly or nearly unarmed, the infrastipular prickles larger than the other sturdy prickles.


Leaves alternate, deciduous, odd-pinnate with 5-7 leaflets; leaflets elliptic or ovate, serrate or doubly serrate, 1-7 cm. long and 0.7-4.5 cm. wide.


Flowers large, usually solitary at the branch ends; sepals 5, 1.5-4 cm. long and 3-6 mm. wide, constricted in the middle and expanded toward the tip; petals light pink to deep rose, 2.5-4 cm. long; stamens numerous, pistils many.


Hips globose, 1.2-2 cm. long and thick, purplish-red.

Accepted Name:
Rosa nutkana C. Presl
Publication: Abh. Königl. Böhm. Ges. Wiss. ser. 5, 6: 563. 1851.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. macdougalii – bristly Nootka rose    Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; central British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Colorado.
ssp. nutkana – Nootka rose    Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Rosa nutkana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Rosa nutkana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Rosa nutkana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Rosa nutkana photos.

USDA Plants: Rosa nutkana information.

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